Refractive Index Sensor by Interrogation of Etched MgO Nanoparticle-Doped Optical Fiber Signature

Sanzhar Korganbayev, Madina Shaimerdenova, Takhmina Ayupova, Marzhan Sypabekova, Aliya Bekmurzayeva, Wilfried Blanc, Carlo Molardi, Daniele Tosi

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Traditional fiber-optic refractive index (RI) sensors require a reflective or resonant device in fiber (such as a grating, an interferometer, a taper, or a plasmonic device) and a spectral domain detection. In this letter, we demonstrate and experimentally validate, the possibility to fabricate a minimalistic RI sensor, based on the wet-etching of an enhanced backscattering fiber made with a core doped with MgO-based-nanoparticles. Interrogation is performed in the length domain, by detecting and correlating the random losses of the fiber with an optical backscatter reflectometer. The sensitivity is 5.25 mm/RIU with 9.6μm resolution, corresponding to 9.69 ps/RIU.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8747358
Pages (from-to)1253-1256
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2019


  • Refractive index sensor
  • distributed sensing
  • optical fiber sensor
  • specialty fibers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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